Area residents will have a chance to meet local celebrity canine, Gus, at a dog adoption event from 1-4 p.m. Sunday in the Heights.
The family friendly pet-fest will happen at Urban Animal Veterinary Hospital at 1327 Yale St., where there will be free ice cream, face painting for children, a tour of the state-of-the-art medical facility and an opportunity to adopt a dog. There is no charge for admission.
While canines of all shapes and sizes will be available, the star will be Gus. Houston television news stations covered the animal’s rescue from the streets of Sunnyside earlier this year.
On the verge of death at the time, Houston K-911 Dog Rescue, a nonprofit, volunteer dog rescue group, raced Gus to medical professionals. It saved the pup’s life.
Gus was found with a shoestring deeply embedded in his neck, causing the stray dog’s face and head to swell to the approximate size of a basketball. He also had pellets shot into his legs.
A series of volunteers transported Gus to the School of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M, where surgeons removed the shoestring impeding Gus’ ability to eat and breathe. The care of K-911 volunteers, along with financial donations from Houstonians, helped the homeless dog receive life-saving medical attention.
Gus’ story inspired Houstonian Sandee Roguemore-Maxwell to write a children’s book about his journey back to health called, “Gus, the Dog with the Big Head.”
“I wrote ‘Gus’ because I wanted to help educate the public about the overwhelming numbers of homeless pets in Houston,” Roguemore-Maxwell said. “I thought a good place to start is by educating children.”
The book will be on sale for $8.99 at the adoption event. Gus, the author and illustrator Peggy Bordelon will be on hand to autograph, or “pawtograph,” any book purchased. All proceeds from the sales will go to Houston K-911.
Any canine adopted at the event will receive a complimentary physical exam by Urban Animal Veterinarian, Dr. Hilary Granson, one of the event sponsors. Urban Animal’s mission is to celebrate the dignity of every animal’s life, so the sponsorship is an extension of its objectives.
Another of the sponsors is local Realtor with Keller Williams, Hilary Parr Cobb. Cobb specializes in the area and works to help homeless pets find homes.
“Helping the animals is as rewarding to me as helping families find the perfect home,” Cobb said. “They both feel wonderful.”
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